“I am so honored I got to say that line on TV because it’s a long time coming.”
1. Chris Colfer’s role as Kurt in Glee was actually written for the actor. A plot line where Kurt wants to sing “Defying Gravity” but is met by resistance was inspired by a real-life incident where Chris was told he couldn’t sing the solo at his high school’s talent show because it was a “girl’s song.”
2. Lachlan Watson was cast onThe Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as a trans man, but spoke to the showrunner about slowing down character Theo’s transition.
3. Denise from Master of None was originally written as a straight, white woman — but all that changed when Lena Waithe was introduced to the show’s creators after they asked the casting director to send over “interesting people.” The episode “Thanksgiving” was co-written by Lena, and inspired by her own coming out story.
6. Dan Levy wrote the relationship between David and Patrick on Schitt’s Creek as a response to the depiction of gay relationships he saw growing up. He made the “active choice” to have the couple be physically intimate on screen and refused to do a “will they, won’t they” plot as he wanted “to see a successful queer relationship on television.”
7. The showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy worked with actor Alex Blue Davis and GLAAD for a scene where Alex’s character, Dr. Casey Parker, hacks into the DMV database and changes his gender marker. The scene ended up being rewritten multiple times, and Alex said that he cried during the table read because he was so moved.
8. Isaiah Stannard came out as trans as filming began for Good Girls, leading his part to be rewritten as a trans boy. “We realized we had a really great opportunity to tell a story about a character who was gender non-conforming, but at the same time not necessarily have that be what leads the story,” creator Jenna Bans later said.
9. Sara Ramirez pitched for their Grey’s Anatomy character, Callie Torres, to be bisexual — even though they weren’t ready to come out as bi themselves yet. Callie subsequently became the longest-running LGBTQ character on TV history.
10. Ellen DeGeneres wanted her character in the show Ellen to come out as Ellen herself came out publicly, becoming the first gay lead character on television.
11. Finally, after Elliot Page himself came out, his Umbrella Academy character was reintroduced as Viktor Hargreeves ahead of the release of Season 3. Conversations with Elliot subsequently informed the arc of his character through discussions with show runner Steve Blackman and writer Thomas Page McBee.
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